THE OPENING TIP
- Fourth-seeded and reigning ACC champion Duke begins its quest for the program’s 22nd ACC title on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 67th New York Life ACC Tournament.
- The game tips at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams on the call. On the radio, David Shumate and John Roth have the call on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield IMG College (96.5FM & 610AM in Durham).
- The Blue Devils are an ACC-best 103-45 in ACC Tournament action with a league record 21 titles. Seven crowns have come at the Greensboro Coliseum, where Duke is 39-18 in tournament play (28-10 under head coach Mike Krzyzewski).
- ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Tre Jones and Freshman of the Year Vernon Carey Jr., allowed Duke to become the first program to sweep the ACC’s three major individual player awards in a single season.
- Carey is a semifinalist for the Citizen Naismith Trophy and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, while Jones is a finalist for both the John R. Wooden and the Bob Cousy Awards, and a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
- Jones is the only player nationally with 450+ points, 175+ assists, 100+ rebounds, 50+ steals, 10+ blocked shots (471/185/123/52/10).
- Carey is averaging a near 20-10 double-double — 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds over Duke’s last 12 games.
- Duke is ranked second nationally in scoring (82.5), fifth in scoring margin (+14.4), third in blocked shots (6.1), 21st in steals (8.3), 24th in assists (15.5), 27th in field goal percentage (.470) and 30th in three-point defense (.299).
- The Blue Devils are 17-2 this season when four or more players score in double figures.
- Duke is allowing opponents to make just 4.83 three-pointers per game (third fewest nationally). Since January 1, Duke has allowed 83 made threes (fewest by power conference teams).
- Coach K is 65-23 all-time in the ACC Tournament with 15 titles. Duke has won 12 of the last 23 ACC titles and is 48-11 in the tournament in that span.
DUKE’S ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Duke has won a league-best 21 ACC Tournament championships and appeared in the title game 33 times in the event’s 66 years. Fifteen of the titles and 21 of the title game appearances have come under Coach K…Duke’s .696 winning percentage and 103 wins are each the best of any league team…Duke has more ACC Tournament titles than any other school and has the second-most semifinal (47) and finals (33) appearances.
DUKE’S ACC AWARD WINNERS
Tre Jones was named the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, with Vernon Carey Jr., being tapped the Freshman of the Year as Duke becomes the first program to sweep the ACC’s major individual player honors…Both Jones and Carey were named first-team All-ACC, while Carey and Cassius Stanley were selected to the All-Freshman Team and Jones was All-Defensive…Jones is just the second to win both Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same year (Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon in 2016)…Coach K has 14 ACC POY honors to his credit, while the other current active coaches in the ACC have combined for five…It is the third consecutive season a Blue Devil has earned ACC POY (Marvin Bagley III in 2018 and Zion Williamson in 2019). It marks just the second time in ACC history that three different players from the same school claimed the award in consecutive years — Duke also did it with Elton Brand, Chris Carrawell and Shane Battier in 1999, 2000 and 2001…All four of Duke’s Defensive Players of the Year have come under Coach K…The Blue Devils have claimed three straight ACC Freshman of the Year honors, and seven of the last nine. Duke’s 12 all-time Freshman of the Year honorees now lead the ACC…Just 13 freshmen in ACC history have earned first-team All-ACC, with Duke accounting for the last seven instances.
CONFERENCE TOURNEY SUPREMACY
Duke has 103 wins, 21 titles and a .696 win pct. in the ACC Tournament — each of those figures lead the conference…Only Kentucky has more wins (133) and more titles (31) among power conference teams.
TOURNAMENT SUCCESS UNDER K
Duke has a high level of success in tournaments under Coach K, winning 20 in-season, 15 ACC and five NCAA Tournaments for a total of 40 championships in his tenure…The Blue Devils claimed the 2K Empire Classic this season, the program’s 20th in-season crown under Coach K, and last season won the ACC Tournament for the 15th time.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Blue Devils have posted an all-time record of 97-40 (.708) at the Greensboro Coliseum dating back to 1960…The program’s 97 wins at the venue place it behind only Duke’s current home (Cameron Indoor Stadium) and former homes (Card Gym and Duke Gym) as the winningest venue for the Blue Devils…The Greensboro Coliseum has seen Duke win seven ACC Tournament titles, while compiling a 39-18 record in tournament play (28-10 under Coach K)…Duke’s ACC titles in the Coliseum came in 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
Duke has achieved the program’s 55th 20-win season this season, and the Blue Devils have won 20+ in 24 consecutive seasons, including this campaign…The Blue Devils reached the 30-win mark for the 15th time under Coach K last season, to extend an NCAA record…Duke, Gonzaga and Kansas are the only programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the last 13 seasons.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Duke has extended its streak of double-digit wins in ACC play to a conference-record 13 consecutive seasons…Duke’s streak is the third-longest active streak among power teams, behind Kansas (24) and Gonzaga (22).
TOP FIVE IN SCORING & MARGIN
Duke is second nationally in scoring offense (82.5) and fifth in scoring margin (+14.5), joining Gonzaga as the only teams in the top five in both categories…Duke is also ranked 27th in field goal percentage (.470), and leads the ACC in all three stats above…Duke is 15-1 this season when scoring 85+ points…Eight of Duke’s 22 wins are by 30+ points, including five ACC wins by 30+, which is a new program record…The program’s previous record for most 30-point wins in ACC play was set in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01…The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC game since beating Georgia Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 3, 2017.
NOTHING EASY OUTSIDE THE ARC
Duke is holding opponents to a .299 mark from three-point range to rank third in the ACC and 30th nationally…Duke’s .299 mark ranks just outside the program’s five best single-season performances in three-point defense…The Blue Devils are allowing opponents to make an average of just 4.83 threes per game — the third fewest yielded nationally and fewest among power conference teams…Since January 1, Duke has allowed 87 made three-pointers — the fewest by power conference teams…Seventeen times this season opponents have shot less than .300 from three-point range.
MORE ON THE DEFENSE
Duke is third in the NCAA and leads the ACC in blocked shots per game (6.1), and the Blue Devils are on pace for a top-five finish in most blocks in a single season at Duke…Twenty-four times this season, Duke has blocked five or more shots, including in eight consecutive games…Duke is second in the ACC and 21st nationally in steals per game (8.3)…Twenty times this season Duke has had eight or more steals in a game, including in three of the last four.
CONVERTING AT THE LINE
Duke has been one of the nation’s best teams at the free throw line since February 1, hitting 191-of-245 (.780) over the last 10 games — only 28 teams in the NCAA have been better over that span…Duke’s 191 made free throws are fourth most nationally since February 1, behind Arkansas (217), Hampton (207) and Texas Southern (201)…Duke’s current .720 mark at the line would be its best since the 2016-17 season (.762)…The Blue Devils are .737 at the line in ACC play, to rank sixth in the league. Sophomore Tre Jones leads the team in ACC play at .763 to rank 15th in league.